6 One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and his disciples began to pick some heads of grain, rub them in their hands and eat the kernels.(B)2 Some of the Pharisees asked, “Why are you doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”(C)
3 Jesus answered them, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry?(D)4 He entered the house of God, and taking the consecrated bread, he ate what is lawful only for priests to eat.(E) And he also gave some to his companions.”5 Then Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man(F) is Lord of the Sabbath.”
One Sabbath when Jesus' disciples were hungry they passed through a grain field. They picked some heads of grain, rubbed them to remove the husks and ate them. The ubiquitous Pharisees saw this and rebuked them for breaking the Sabbath. The law allowed a hungry man to pluck and eat grain while passing through another man's field. But 'harvesting' and 'threshing' grain on the Sabbath was a violation of the law.
2. The Son of Man is Lord (3-5)
Jesus did not apologize for his disciples' behavior. He stood on their side. The Pharisees were not trying to build men up with positive Bible teaching. They were using the Bible to destroy and crush. Jesus taught them a Bible lesson about David, who considered feeding hungry men more important than keeping legalistic rules. Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath. He is the Creator God who made the world and every thing in it in six days and rested on the Sabbath. He is the Lord of every day--including the Sabbath.
Prayer: Lord, help me to build up others' faith and lead them to Jesus the Lord through Bible study.